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04-04-1979

Bank clerk is killed by prostitute killer Yorkshire Ripper

When Peter Sutcliffe started killing prostitutes in 1975, the community they come from weren’t that alarmed. But when in 1977 he killed a 16-year-old shop assistant, the press gave him his tabloid title, ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’, and his capture became a national concern. Then in 1978, the decline and death of his mother meant Sutcliffe stopped killing for nearly a year. The brutal killing of 19-year-old bank clerk, Josephine Whitaker, ended the lull... Read the full Yorkshire Ripper Crime File